FBI: We Didn't Edit Oklahoma City Bombing Tapes

Lawyer challenges videos gained through FOIA request

Thursday, Oct 1, 2009  |  Updated 3:19 AM PDT
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The FBI is denying accusations that it edited videos of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing before handing the tapes over to a lawyer who is independently investigating the attack.

Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue had obtained more than two dozen security camera tapes from a Freedom of Information Act request. The tapes were blank in the moments before the Alfred P Murrah Federal building exploded, only showing the aftermath from the attack, The Associated Press reported.

"They have been edited," Trentadue said Wednesday, a charge the feds deny. “[The FBI] don’t do anything by accident.”

Trentadue has investigated the bombing ever since his brother, Kenneth, a convicted bank robber, died violently in a federal prison. The official cause of Kenneth’s death was listed as suicide, but his body had 41 wounds on it when found. Trentadue’s family won $1.1 million in court for extreme emotional distress after arguing that guards beat Kenneth during his interrogation for suspected involvement in the attack.

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